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Healthy communities need medical success stories. Every day, exciting medical research is performed at KU Medical Center and facilities around the world that has the potential to improve care delivery, enhance quality of life and ultimately save lives. KU Medical Center Continuing Education & Professional Development specializes in equipping health care professionals across Kansas with those key research findings and treatment advances so they can create their own success stories and contribute to building healthier communities for all of us.

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Steven SimpsonLife-saving sepsis research

A major medical continuing education program is giving physicians and nurses in intensive care units across Kansas new training to improve treatment of an all-too-common but lethal enemy: severe sepsis.

KU Medical Center’s Steven Simpson, M.D., is directing a life-saving initiative called the Kansas Sepsis Project, a statewide continuing medical education program supported by Continuing Education & Professional Development aimed at improving the recognition and treatment of severe sepsis by physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.

The Kansas Sepsis Project’s core purpose

Severe sepsis is a serious illness that affects more than 10,000 Kansans every year, and approximately 50 percent of those cases turn fatal. The Kansas Sepsis Project’s mission is to “teach physicians, extenders and nurses in all specialties and in hospitals of every size to recognize severe sepsis, to realize that it is an emergency, and to take rapid, organized steps to treat severe sepsis aggressively and successfully.” The program seeks to translate that education into performance improvement that its leaders estimate can lower sepsis mortality rates below 20 percent.

How KU is saving lives

As director of fellowship training in the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at KU Medical Center, Simpson’s program is already saving lives by making the education available to caregivers across the state. For instance, at The University of Kansas Hospital, the work of Simpson and his colleagues have helped reduce the mortality of severe sepsis from 49.1 percent to 22.1 percent. The innovative programming is so beneficial that the project has drawn national and international interest, as well as garnering Simpson a Distinguished Service Award from KU Continuing Education in 2012.

Continuing Education & Professional Development continues to play a key role in the success of the Kansas Sepsis Project, first by partnering in the design of delivery methods for the programming, then by gaining and maintaining program accreditation and now by exploring ways to improve access to the training material for caregivers at critical access hospitals in rural, underserved areas.

Through their dedicated work and the training program they have developed, the Kansas Sepsis Program, Simpson and his colleagues at Continuing Education & Professional Development are serving Kansas and improving lives.

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Last modified: Jul 26, 2018
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